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From Dead to Worse

(Sookie Stackhouse #8)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  183,239 ratings  ·  3,926 reviews
After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina and the manmade explosion at the vampire summit, everyone human and otherwise is stressed, including Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who is trying to cope with the fact that her boyfriend Quinn has gone missing.

It's clear that things are changing whether the weres and vamps of her corner of Louisiana like it o
Hardcover, First Edition, 368 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Ace Books
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SmarterLilac I've been reading out of order and not having any trouble following the plot threads. CH does a good job of keeping readers 'up to speed' about releva…moreI've been reading out of order and not having any trouble following the plot threads. CH does a good job of keeping readers 'up to speed' about relevant plot info from other books, without sacrificing too much of her otherwise quality prose. So, yes, I think this book can be read without reading the others.(less)

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(B+) 77% | Good
Notes: A housekeeping book. All loosed ends and continuing plot threads resolve and a new series paradigm is established.
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book could have been subtitled "How to Wind About Four Different Tiny Storylines into One Relatively Small Book and Maintain a Ridiculous Level of Detail So That Readers Can Calculate Exactly How Much Coffee My Heroine Drinks Each Day". Yes, it would have made marketing the book a bit difficult, but might have given readers a better idea of what to expect.

Sookie encounters a war in the were community, then a war between the vampires, then she breaks off her relationship, then she discovers
Feb 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Julie (jjmachshev)
May 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-reads
OH, OH, OH. Sookie, Sookie, Sookie. This gal just cannot catch a break! In this book, we learn a little more about where Sookie's 'gift' comes from. She finally sees Quinn again. Eric has a couple of surprises for her, and gets a big one himself. There's death, mayhem, and magic all around...and Sookie has to figure out if she can learn to accept her life in this new world of danger, insecurity, and maybe....love?

If you've been following Sookie's story. GO...RIGHT NOW! Stop reading and go get th
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
3.5 stars. Most of this book wasn't super enthralling, but was just okay. The surprise ending was exciting though! ...more
Geraldine O'Hagan
Oct 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
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May 15, 2008 rated it liked it
I want to give this one a four-star because it's C.Harris and she's amazing. Her voice is utterly unique and delightful and I love her characters. What's more, her world is very real, her vampires are interesting, and I love that she's taken all of her carefully laid-out plots and sent them topsy-turvy in the wake of Katrina. Very little has driven home the tragedy of Katrina as well as CH's last few books.

But this was clearly not a whole novel -- it was more like a handful of short story ideas
I liked this book so much better than the one before it and I’ve been trying to figure out why but am coming up empty-handed.

Without going overboard, this is basically what happens (mild spoilers only):
--Sookie meets some new relatives
--Quinn and his warm penis go missing
--the Debbie Pelt issue will.not.DIE!
--there’s a Were war
--a bunch of Weres die
--Amelia’s dad shows up and says some stuff
--Amelia’s mentor shows up and says some stuff
--Amelia engages in some girl-on-girl action with Pam
Sarah Elizabeth
This was another enjoyable instalment in this series, and there were several things that surprised me.

Sookie of course ended up in mortal danger at points in this book, and she was lucky to end up alive really. There were some problems between the wolf packs, and problems between the vampires, as well as the arrival of an unexpected relative to deal with, and Sookie really did find herself in some shockingly bad situations! That being said, there were some things that surprised me, and a couple
Jamie Collins
Jan 31, 2008 rated it liked it
The book was entertaining, but something is beginning to bother me about the writing as I continue with this series, although I can't quite put my finger on it.

Maybe it's that Sookie's inner voice is starting to sound like that of Harper Connelly, the protagonist of Harris' other paranormal series, and that's not a good thing. Like Harper, Sookie seems detached, reacting to events without really feeling anything. The shallow writing style also makes it seem as if Sookie isn't very bright. (Her S
I just want to say two things.

1. I’m feeling generous so this gets 4 stars because it is by far my favourite of the series why might you ask? Please look at point number two.

2. I think I may love Eric. Very unhealthy, but there I said it I can’t take it back. Eric is the best thing/person out of those series.

The End.
Wanda Pedersen
2019 Re-Read

”The security light made me feel safe, though I knew that was an illusion. If there's light, you can just see what's coming for you a little more clearly.”

How true! We all try to arrange our lives to keep ourselves safe and sound, but in reality we have little control over those matters. But as John Lennon wrote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Ms. Stackhouse could write a dissertation on this subject.

This is the volume where I fell in love with Bi
Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was sort of slow compared to its predecessors. It focused a lot on the politics of the supernatural world, such as the Were wars and vampire hierarchies. Sookie even meets another relative, her fairy great-grandfather. I understand why this book is a little slower. It's key plot information that will be relevant later on. But it definitely suffered from a lack of our favorite characters such as Eric, Sam and Bill. Hopefully this set up for an amazing book 9. ...more
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
From Dead to Worse is the eighth Sookie Stackhouse book and, after reading it, definitely a comfort Sookie for me. Meaning, of the eight books so far, this is one I'll go back and reread when I want to feel good about things again. Right up there with numbers four and five-- Dead to the World and Dead as a Doornail. And, yes, I realize that my favorite Sookie books are also the ones with a high Eric factor. That's just the way it is. Fortunately, Ms. Harris seems to be channeling the good Eric ...more
Apr 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Imagine my surprise when on an unwanted trip to WalMart I found the new Charlaine Harris, on sale, and newly printed on paperback! Book 8 was read super fast by me, but relished like super spicy green coconut thai curry, as I now realize that only sporadically will I be afforded the opportunity to read up on Sookie & pals.

I must admit my initial fondness for something that began masterfully enough but has since degraded itself to comedy, cliche and confusion. Sookie is still the same--as are the
Jan 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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From Dead to Worse is the eighth book in Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. After not liking the last installment overmuch (All Together Dead), I thought FDTW was a nice return to Sookie's roots and the foundation that made the series so good in the first place - Sookie being herself back home in Bon Temps, Louisiana.

This book seemed like somewhat of a transition. After the huge events of the last book and the vampire summit, this book seemed to take a breath and recover a bit.

The cast
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't get any worse.

When you don't care about Bill,Quinn,Tanya,who will Sookie date and whatever is happening with Jason and Crystal, it's kinda hard to care about anything that is happening in this.
Richard Derus
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.75* of five

The Publisher Says: After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina and the manmade explosion at the vampire summit, everyone human and otherwise is stressed, including Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who is trying to cope with the fact that her boyfriend Quinn has gone missing.

It's clear that things are changing whether the weres and vamps of her corner of Louisiana like it or not. And Sookie, Friend to the Pack and blood-bonded to Eric Northman, leader of th
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

From Dead to Worse is the eighth full-length novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. Sookie attends the society wedding of the year, expecting to go as a guest, but ending up as a bridesmaid and a barmaid. Enlisted for her telepathic powers, Sookie’s efforts to reconcile opposing factions of the Shreveport weres deteriorates into a battle that sees many dead. She also finds herself in the middle of a hostile takeover of the Louisiana vampires,
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Queen is dead, long live the King. Sigh, it’s the end of an era but vampires are adaptable, they have to be. There was also a werewolf war, Jason/Crystal drama, a reasonable end to the Quinn relationship, an expanded family cast, and Eric regaining his memory! I have dearly enjoyed the tempo.
This is the eighth book about Sookie Stackhouse, psychic barmaid, and it shows. There is a lot of history and a whole mess of background characters and ex-love interests clogging up the works. But the premise that made these books so popular holds true. Sookie remains a good, though far from perfect, person, and I enjoy reading her adventures from her kind-hearted but slightly catty point of view. Although Sookie's mind-reading gives her an edge in many situations, she's wildly underpowered comp ...more
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
***November 2018 Update***
So this one wasn't quite as action packed but a lot happened. Not only does Sookie have protection of the Shreveport Were's now we has Vampire protection as well. We also got to meet Hunter - he seems like the cutest little boy and he's a telepath as well. Also we get to meet Niall - Sookies great grandfather in this one, another Fairy. He is an interesting character. FINALLY Eric remembers everything from his time with Sookie - things with them should be picking up soo
Pam Nelson
❤ 5 From Dead to Worse ❤

This book has it all, we have Erik.. ohhh baby.. He remembers!!! Yay! But there are things he is having to deal with, and he can’t devote his time to Sookie right now.

Sookie is going through some crazy emotional roller-coasters. Her boyfriend the Weretiger isn’t who she hoped he would be. :( This made me sooo sad.

Jason needs to be smacked I don’t care that he is Sookie’s brother what he did was wrong and I for one am glad Sookie laded down the law.

Learning about more f
This installment is just all over the place, in my opinion. I feel like Harris feels the need to ‘shake things up’ so she pulls on some VERY LOOSE threads of plot to disrupt the story and move it in a new direction. Idk. I’m starting to remember that this is the point in the series where I started to be unimpressed, bored and annoyed....we shall see.
Oct 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
2020 - This book is where the series takes a different direction. It's not all about, or even mostly about, the vamps anymore. The rest of the supe community has always been present, and slowly revealed in the series, but this one is more about were politics than anything else. I really love this series and am glad to be working my way through them again.

Not only do I get to see where Harris' other worlds collide with Sookie's, but because I watched the HBO series, I get to see character in situ
Katie Gallagher
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to come!
3.5 Stars

Well my hopes from book six, Definitely Dead have been well and truly dashed. Bill just will not take a hint and is still hanging around, damn him and his creepy ways. Debbie Pelt is still being a pain in the arse from beyond the grave. She died four books ago for fuck's sake. Enough already.

I'm glad Sookie is sticking up for herself and her needs a bit more now and I'm deeply enjoying her "blood bond" with Eric because, well, more Eric, obviously. It's also nice to see her meet two re
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
"Men are incomprehensible assholes," I said to Amelia.
"No shit," she said. "When I was searching for Bob today, I found a female cat in the woods with kittens. And guess what? They were all black-and-white."
I really had no idea what to say...

Why did this crack me up? Bob is Amelia's boyfriend that she accidentally turned in to a cat.

kittens photo: kittens 000g052-pDK.jpg
I swear, baby, it's not what it looks like!

So, there are a lot of different storylines going on in this book, but no romance at all. That was kind of refresh
The more I read this series, the more I like it. I've kinda stopped comparing it to the tv show now.......kinda.

Sookie finds herself in more supernatural trouble. The weres are being murdered, the vamps face a hostile takeover, Bob finally becomes a man again - an angry one and Eric remembers.

She also dumps Quinn which I was gutted about. A stupid reason as well, he put his family first. Not being funny Sook but he's only known you about 5 mins, it's not like you're married or a
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

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Basic Info

Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Vampire; Werewolves; Magic; Fantasy
Reason For Reading: Continue series

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 7
Characters: 6
World Building: 6
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: 7
Writing: 6
Ending: 6

Total: 6

In Depth

Best Part:
It was short.
Worst Part: Boring af.
Thoughts Had: Ugh. Just kill someone!

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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Charlaine lives in Texas now, and all of her children and grandchildren are within easy driving distance.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry an

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“I trudged back to my bedroom and pushed the door open, intending to wash my face or brush my teeth or make some stab at smoothing my hair, because I thought it might make me feel a little less trampled.
Eric was sitting on my bed, his face buried in his hands. He looked up at me as I entered, and he looked shocked. Well, no wonder, what with the very thorough takeover and traumatic changing of the guard.
Sitting here on your bed, smelling your scent,” he said in a voice so low I had to strain to hear it.
Sookie . . . I remember everything.”
Oh, hell,” I said, and went in the bathroom and shut the door. I brushed my hair and my teeth and scrubbed my face, but I had to come out. I was being as cowardly as Quinn if I didn’t face the vampire.
Eric started talking the minute I emerged. “I can’t believe I—”
Yeah, yeah, I know, loved a mere human, made all those promises, was as sweet as pie and wanted to stay with me forever,” I muttered. Surely there was a shortcut we could take through this scene.
I can’t believe I felt something so strongly and was so happy for the first time in hundreds of years,” Eric said with some dignity. “Give me some credit for that, too.”
“I want to be first. I know that’s selfish, and maybe unattainable, and maybe shallow. But I just want to come first with someone. If that’s wrong of me, so be it. I’ll be wrong. But that’s the way I feel.” (Sookie Stackhouse)” 106 likes
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